Towards a better market surveillance of industrial products – INTAS progress summary

intas2Effective market surveillance is crucial to unlock the full potential for energy savings triggered by the Ecodesign policy. Projects such as INTAS gather experts and interested parties to support the implementation of the policy and facilitate the work of Market Surveillance Authorities and policy-makers. ECOS is a key partner to the INTAS project leading the work packages on the evaluation of compliance assessment methodology and communication.

The first phase of the project consisted of documenting the existing compliance framework and resources available to MSAs, manufacturers and independent testing laboratories. The second phase, concluded in April 2018, assessed processes and methodologies by which MSAs can identify, select and evaluate large transformers and fans regarding energy performance issues.

INTAS partners have performed testing exercises on 42 power transformers and 7 large fans, involving independent laboratories, manufacturer laboratories and MSAs in Spain, Romania, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Denmark and Austria. Taking all these results into account, the INTAS project prepared flowcharts to guide the improved market surveillance of large fans and power transformers. A comprehensive summary of the progress can be found here.

In the coming months, project partners will evaluate and define the most cost-effective methodology for verification of compliance and provide policy recommendatios applicable also to other industrial products under Ecodesign.

As a pilot action the project is looking specifically at large fans and power transformers, chosen for their significant energy consumption: the combined Ecodesign potential in energy savings for these two product categories alone reaches an estimated 44 TWh per year in 2020, equivalent to the electricity consumption of 7 million Europeans.